Überkatz (UK)

Uberkatz in 2016 near farmhouse

Uberkatz in 2016 near farmhouse

The Überkatz split off Sequoia at the end of May 2012 and became an independent group after a few fights with their source group. The males soon deserted the group to return to Sequoia, but three Whiskers rovers led by Gump immigrated, and stayed for good. The Überkatz were headed by Tina since their start, with littermate Ricou playing second fiddle. The group grew steadily, all Tina’s offspring – so Ricou and Talkeetna, the other founding female, left them to create the Chalibonkas group with Lazuli males. Tina disappeared in early 2014, injured, after giving birth to a litter of six, so the only remaining adult female Frosting took over the position of dominant female and nurse. She brought five of the pups through, and started to raise her own litters. The males keep battling for dominance, until Pitio re-acquired dominance while Gump disappeared. In October 2014, all subordinate adult females emigrated to form the Axolotls group, and several adult males emigrated in June 2015. The group made it through the 2015/2016 drought with Frosting and Pitio at its head, yet TB has recently reared its face, and the group seems unstable.

They lived in the dunes south of the river bend, but gradually moved closer to our Rus en Vrede farmhouse.

 

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